Those gathered for the Eighth Grade Honors Dinner Thursday night at Xavier High School got to hear from a graduate who has made his mark in the world – Brandon Trama '02 – and a senior who undoubtedly will once he graduates – Akshay Khunte.
Trama, who works in finance, has a resume that includes Harvard, Army Ranger School, service in Iraq, Green Berets, Wharton Business School. Khunte's resume here at school is long, too, and includes being president of the student body this year as well as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
About 45 students who have been accepted into the Honors Program at Xavier, along with family and friends, gathered Thursday night. Fifteen were recognized as Ryken Scholars, which means they scored in the 95th-99th national percentile in the High School Placement Test, which is a national standardized test used by many private schools across the country. The program is named after the founder of the Xaverian Brothers, Theodore James Ryken.
Those earning these scholarships with name, hometown and school (listed in alphabetical order):
Noah Bergquist, Colchester, William J Johnston Middle School
Cormac Burke, Wallingford, Moran Middle School
Ryan Coffey, Deep River, St. John School
Jay Dusza, Madison, The Country School
Andrew Foster, Durham, Independent Day School
Jeth Gomez, Wallingford, Moran Middle School
Matthew Hewitt, Hamden, St. Rita School
Nate Kerr, East Haddam, East Shoreline Catholic Academy
Andrew Kim, Berlin, St. Paul School
Alvin Nellik, Cheshire, St. Bridget School
Alejandro Oyewole, South Windsor, St. James School
Juan Pacheco-O'Donnell, Old Saybrook, St. John School
Henry Peeler, Manchester, St. James School
Sean Simonelli, Killingworth, East Shoreline Catholic Academy
Lucas Tobon, Rocky Hill, Corpus Christi School
Xavier is a private, Catholic all-boys school in Middletown, CT., and a Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School (XBSS).